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Preparing English Learners for College and Career Book

How do school communities create environments that fully prepare both English learners and dual-language learners for colleges and careers?  UL staff contributed to the research and writing of this book, which profiles six high-performing high schools that had a singular focus on improving the educational outcomes of English learners. 

The authors use these case studies to identify a comprehensive set of design elements and shared values that were key factors in yielding extraordinary results. These include a school-wide language development framework that integrates content, analytical practices, and language learning; a broad and dynamic view of assessment practices; intensive social-emotional support for students and their families; and mission-driven staff and leadership that maximize learning opportunities across classrooms. The practices employed in these schools are not only essential for English learners’ success but, as the performance data shows, they also benefit all students.

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